For the second straight night, the Reds made it look as though they haven’t even begun to forget about the end of the 2012 season.
The first game of the Reds’ traditional doubleheader with the Giants kicked off at 7:05 pm EST, and it didn’t take the Reds long to continue what they started last night when the routed the Giants 11-0. Last night, the Reds kicked off their series with the rival Giants by scoring 11 runs on 17 hits, including 8 runs and 3 home runs off of Tim Lincecum, who had thrown a no hitter his last time out . They were backed by a complete game shutout by Bronson Arroyo.
Tonight was more of the same. The Giants actually scored first, tallying a run off Tony Cingrani with a sac fly from Pablo Sandoval. The Reds’ didn’t take long to strike, though, as they scored 4 in the second inning and 3 in the third off of Giants’ starter Eric Surkamp. He finished the night with 2.2 IP, 9 hits allowed, and 7 earned runs. The Reds eventually won the game 9-3. Again, they made pitcher haven AT&T Park look small with 3 homers- one each from Joey Votto, Zack Cozart, and Devin Mesoraco. The game did end Shin-Soo Choo’s 16 game hitting streak, however.
Game 2 of the doubleheader is set to begin soon, with Greg Reynolds of the Reds opposing Barry Zito of the Giants.